Daily Newspaper and Travel Guide
for Pecos Country of West Texas
Monday, August 17, 1998
OC plans weekend college
The first session of Weekend College at Odessa College has
been scheduled to run Aug. 29-Oct. 10, with students
attending class for six Saturdays from 8 a.m. until noon and
from 1-4:30 p.m.
Students may register for Weekend College Aug. 24-26 during
regular fall registration or 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Aug.
27, and 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28.
New students should go to the admissions office on the
first floor of the Student Union Building before
registering. If they complete the application process before
registration days, they will avoid a de¬ lay in registering.
In Weekend College, courses parallel those offered in the
regular term except they are compressed into a shorter time
span. Full aca¬ demic recognition is given these courses,
and the time spent and the credit earned is equivalent to
that of a regulas session.
Five courses are being offered during the first session:
Introduc¬ tion to Computer Systems (Windows 95/Office 97),
Composition and Literature, U.S. and Texas Government, First
Aid and Public Speaking.
All students must provide documentation of Texas residency
for the 12 months prior to enrollment to avoid paying the
non-resident tuition rate.
All transfer students must furnish an official transcript
and TASP scores.
A second session of Weekend College is scheduled for Nov.
6-Dec. 12. For admissions information, call Odessa College
Carlsbad Caverns tells of new hours
Carlsbad Caverns National Park will return to winter hours
beginning Monday, Aug. 17.
Under winter hours, the park visitor center will be open
from 8 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. (MT) daily. The self-guided
Natural Entrance tour route will be open from 8:30 a.m. with
the last entry at 2 p.m. daily and the self-guided Big Room
route will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Ranger
guided Kings Palace tours will be offered four times daily
at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Off-trail trips to undeveloped cave areas are scheduled
daily. Left Hand Tunnel tours occur daily at 9 a.m. At 1
p.m., Monday through Friday, rangers will lead tours of
Lower Cave. The most strenuous tours are to Spider Cave and
Hall of the White Giant. Tours to Spider Cave are at 1 p.m.
on Sundays and Hall of the White Giant tours occur on
Saturdays at 1 p.m. All off-trail tours required fee in
addition to the general admission.
There are no limits for either of the self-guided cave
trips, but the off-trail trips (including Kings Palace
tours) have group size limits. Reservations for these tours
can be made by calling 1-800-967-CAVE (2283). Some off-trail
trips have age limits. Contact the park at 505-785-2232 for
Evening bat flight programs, which are held at the natural
entrance amphitheater, will continue through October, or
until the bats migrate south for the winter. The evening
programs are free and begin around sunset.
Slaughter Canyon Cave, an undeveloped cave located 23 miles
from the visitor center and west of the park's Rattlesnake
Springs unit, is open on weekends only. Tours will be
offered on Saturday and Sunday. Reservations are required
for the Slaughter Canyon Cave trip and can be made by
calling 1-800-967-CAVE (2283).
Food service, picnic sites, a gift shop and bookstore are
available at the park, along with exhibits, surface trails
and an observation tower.
Self-guided cave tours are $6.50 for adults and $3.25 for
ages 6-15, with children under 6 admitted free.
Ranger-guided trips have separate fees ranging from $8 to
$20 for adults and from $4 to $10 for ages 6-15 depending on
selected tour. Holders of the Golden-Age passport receive a
50 percent discount on all cavern fees.
Mac McKinnon, Publisher
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324 S. Cedar St., Pecos, TX 79772
Phone 915-445-5475, FAX 915-445-4321
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